UI Awards Four Bids on HESCO Barrier Removal

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By Kayleigh Milas

IOWA CITY -- The winning bids have been awarded by the University of Iowa for removal of flood protection barriers on campus, and all of the bids were below project estimates.

The process to award the bids was completed Wednesday. The work was split into four projects, so four bids were awarded.

Work is expected to start Friday on removal of the HESCO barriers around Mayflower Residence Hall on N. Dubuque Street, UI officials said. Removal of HESCO barriers elsewhere on campus -- starting with those encircling several buildings and then moving to those along the Iowa River -- is expected to start Monday, officials said.

The university erected flood protection measures on campus this spring during the threat of Iowa River flooding. Officials estimate the cost of establishing and removing the flood protection will be about $5 million.

Also this week, work began on removing the "invisible floodwall" around Art Building West; that project did not go out for bid.

The goal, UI officials say, is to have affected buildings, pedestrian walkways and landscaping restored before the fall semester, which begins Aug. 26.

The project bid winners and budgets are:

* Mayflower Hall removal of flood protection: Tricon General Construction of Dubuque, $59,000.

* Arts campus flood protection removal and site restoration: Jasper Construction Services of Newton, $83,100.

* East campus south of Iowa Avenue flood protection removal and site restoration: Carter and Associates of Coralville, $84,000.

* East campus north of Iowa Avenue flood protection removal and site restoration: Chris Jones Trucking of West Branch, $60,410.

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